The Elephant Orphanage Project offers sanctuary for defenseless, abandoned elephant calves, often the tragic victims of poaching and human conflict.
Under the age of two, young elephants are incredibly vulnerable and dependent. Many do not survive without intricate care and nutrient-rich milk from their mothers.
At the Lilayi Elephant Nursery, these fragile elephants are cared for around the clock (A milk-dependent orphan requires special milk formula every three hours!).
First Aid Kits, Gauze, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Stethoscope, and Thermometer (Digital)
Acupuncture Needles (0.35x40mm), Chlorohexadine Scrub, Cotton Wool, Crepe Bandages, Hypodermic Needles (18G and 21G), Surgical Gloves, Swabs, and Vet-Wrap/Co-Flex Bandages
Cal-Mag Supplements, Medi-Honey/Manuka Honey, Vitamin C (Non-Chewable), and Wound Sprays
Calculators, Laminating Pouches, Markers, Notebooks, Paper, Pencils, Pens, Plastic Sleeves, Rechargeable Batteries (AA and AAA), Scissors, Solar Lighting, and Staplers
2L Calf Drinking Bottles (With Spare Teates)
Alongside the Elephant Orphanage Project, Game Rangers International also currently supports environmental education in thirty remote, rural schools and ten Lusaka-based schools reaching over 7,000 children through the Muzovu Awareness Project. (“Muzovu” means “elephant” in the local Ilya dialect.)
GRI works in partnership with the Wildlife & Environment Conservation Society of Zambia and ZAWA to raise, promote, and support conservation awareness and environmental education through teacher workshops, environmental lessons and activities, and through the distribution of much needed educational resources.
In 2014, the Muzovu Awareness Project is expanding to provide educational outreach to schools in Northern KNP as well as the Lusaka district, which will utilize the orphaned elephants at EOP Lilayi Elephant Nursery to inspire and engage young minds into conservation and environmental awareness.
General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, and Rulers
Science and World Maps
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Paints and Brushes
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Old Smart Phones, Printer Cartridges for HP Deskjet 122: CH561HE and CH562HE, Printer Cartridges for HP Deskjet 122: CH561HE and CH562HE, Printer Cartridges for Epson Stylus SX430: T1281 Black and T1285 Multipack, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Working Laptops, and USB Cables
Natural Science/Environment-Based Games/Toys
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.